Coming out of the holiday break there were plenty of performances worthy of Player of the Week honors.
Jakob Forsbacka Karlsson recorded a hat trick, including the game-tying and game-winning goal against Union last Thursday when seven of his Boston University teammates were competing in the World Junior gold medal game. He added two more goals in BU’s 5-3 win over UMass on Sunday.
There was a four-point performance by New Hampshire’s Mike McNichols in a 7-4 win over Brown and a hat trick by Northern Michigan’s Dominik Shine in a 6-4 win over Lake Superior to name a few more.
But hands down, this week’s ASN Player of the Week honors go to Troy Terry, who led Team USA’s drive to the gold medal at the World Juniors with four shootout goals in the finals and semifinals. And after taking Friday off to rest, Terry returned to Denver’s lineup Saturday and scored two goals and added three assists in a 6-1 win over Arizona State.
Terry, a sophomore, will be on display Friday when the Pioneers travel to Western Michigan for an NCHC showdown on ASN. Omaha travels to Colorado College in Friday’s second televised game.
Terry’s shootout perfection has drawn comparisons to TJ Oshie’s 2014 performance at the Sochi Olympics. Terry went 5-hole on all four shots, scoring three times in the shootout semifinal against Russia. He scored the game-winner against Canada to cap a wild gold medal game where Team USA twice rallied from two-goal deficits.
Terry’s performance sparked a congratulatory tweet from NFL Hall of Famer Troy Aikman, whom he was named after.
Drafted by the Anaheim Ducks in the fifth round of the 2015 draft. Terry plays on a line with fell NHL picks Dylan Gambrell and Henrik Borgstrom. He and Borgstrom are tied for the team lead in scoring with 22 points.
Dave Dondoneau is a freelance writer based in Honolulu. Follow him on Twitter at @DakotaHi.